GeForce Now has announced a raft of changes to its library of games as some publishers pull support while others commit further.
Ubisoft appears to be going big on the video game streaming service, which lets you stream games you already own via Nvidia’s servers. GeForce Now has the complete Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series, with more Ubisoft games coming soon.
“Ubisoft fully supports Nvidia’s GeForce Now with complete access to our PC games from the Ubisoft Store or any supported game stores,” said Chris Early, senior vice president of partnerships at Ubisoft. “We believe it’s a leading-edge service that gives current and new PC players a high-end experience with more choice in how and where they play their favourite games.”
However, Warner Bros., Xbox Game Studios, Codemasters and Klei Entertainment are pulling all their games from GeForce Now on Friday, 24th April. “We hope they’ll return in the future,” Nvidia said in a blog post, while stressing 30 of the top 40 most-played games on Steam work with GeForce Now. Nvidia said it’s working to bring over 1500 more games to the service.
Destiny maker Bungie seems happy with GeForce Now. Destiny 2 is on the list, and there’s a quote from Gary Clay, director of product management at the studio: “We’re already seeing a lot of our existing players take advantage of GeForce Now to stream Destiny 2 so they can play anytime, anywhere with their friends.
“With Destiny 2 now free to play, we’re excited to partner with Nvidia to introduce even more players – even those who previously couldn’t hit min spec – to our growing community of Guardians.”
Nanda Namco also sounds in with Nvidia. Here’s Tekken chief Katsuhiro Harada: “From Darks Souls 3 to Tekken 7, we’re seeing an increase in gamers that we can attribute to GeForce Now.
“The service is a great way for new players to experience our upcoming games, and for our existing players to continue enjoying them.”
While the GeForce Now tech is impressive (for more, check out Digital Foundry’s report), Nvidia has struggled to keep users happy, with a raft of publishers pulling their games from the service.
Hosting PC games in the cloud, GeForce Now ties into your existing PC library across a range of online storefronts, allowing you to play your games on computers, smartphones and tablets.
Nvidia offers two access tiers to the system: the free offering lets users access the cloud system for a session of up to one hour – good enough for a game of Fortnite (apparently the most popular game). After that, there’s nothing stopping the user from starting another session, though if the servers are fully occupied, a wait may be required.
Then there’s the Founder’s Edition tier, priced at £4.99 / €5.49 / $4.99 per month for the first 12 months – with the first three months free via a trial. Founders get to jump the queue for server availability and can also access hardware-accelerated ray tracing features in supported games.